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Supporting Digital Equity Through the National Educational Technology Plan

Pennsylvania Convention Center, 201C

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Digital Equity Impact Fellow
U.S. Department of Education
Zac Chase is the Digital Equity Impact Fellow in the Office of Educational Technology at the U.S. Department of Education. His primary role in OET is to lead the development of the 2024 National Educational Technology Plan. He also represents the office in their work with educator preparation programs and digital health, safety, and citizenship. He has worked at the classroom, school, and state levels in Florida, Pennsylvania, and Colorado and previously served as a White House ConnectED Fellow in OET during the Obama administration.
Executive Director
Julia Fallon is the Executive Director of the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA), where she works with U.S. state and territorial digital learning leaders to empower the education community to leverage technology for learning, teaching, and school operations. Involved with learning technologies since 1989, her professional interest lies in making the case for public school systems wherein educators are able to optimize technology-rich learning environments to equitably engage the learners who fill their classrooms.
Director, ITI
Los Angeles Unified School District
Sophia Mendoza is an innovative systems-level collaborator with 25+ years of experience as an education leader in the Los Angeles Unified School District and a member of the ISTE Board of Directors. As the director of LAUSD’s Instructional Technology Initiative, she leads computer science education and digital citizenship implementation. Mendoza cultivates leaders and learners for the digital world, recognized as the Latina Technology Champion, CUE Administrator of the Year, and for Best Overall Implementation of Technology by Tech & Learning. She is also the Association of California School Administrators Region 16 Technology Administrator, expanding instructional technology opportunities for all students.
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@Evo Popoff
Named State Policy Maker of the Year by the State Education Technology Directors Association (SETDA), Evo served as Chief Innovation and Intervention Officer for the New Jersey Department of Education, where he oversaw the education technology and school and district improvement efforts. Prior to joining the Department, he led the development of education technology and school improvement solutions in collaboration with district and state leaders, and educators. Before his career in education, Evo practiced law at McDermott, Will & Emery and holds a B.A. from the University of Chicago and a J.D. from The George Washington University Law School

Session description

Every four years the United States Department of Education releases a new National Educational Technology Plan. This session brings together representatives from the Office of Educational Technology and the organizations working on the next National Educational Technology Plan to provide an update on the plan and solicit feedback from participants.

Purpose & objective

The purpose is provide an update to participants on the development of the National Educational Technology Plan to better understand its purpose and learn about opportunities to contribute to its development and/or support its implementation in their local communities.

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1. Introduction to the Panelists and the Background to the NETP
2. Overview from OET on the goals of the plan
3. Conversation amongst panelists on the process being used to develop the plan, including a description of the organizations taking part in the work
4. Open conversation, including Q & A if possible, around the plan and the opportunity for impact.

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Supporting research

The NETP is a major initiative from the US Department of Education's Office of Educational Technology.

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Session specifications

Educational policy
Grade level:
Skill level:
Chief technology officers/superintendents/school board members, Teachers, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Attendee devices:
Devices not needed
ISTE Standards:
For Education Leaders:
Equity and Citizenship Advocate
  • Ensure all students have skilled teachers who actively use technology to meet student learning needs.
  • Ensure all students have access to the technology and connectivity necessary to participate in authentic and engaging learning opportunities.
Visionary Planner
  • Engage education stakeholders in developing and adopting a shared vision for using technology to improve student success, informed by the learning sciences.